Many patients find they are restricted in the types of clothing they can wear during the summer months as they often feel they have to cover up their abdomen. This inability to wear the clothing they want can result in a significant loss of self-confidence and the development of anxiety related to how we look. Concealing the abdomen underclothing means that many patients cannot display their personal sense of style.
The area around the abdomen and waist continues to be one of the most common body areas where people feel particularly insecure. Many patients who come to see us often eat healthily and exercise regularly and yet are still significantly unhappy about the appearance of their stomachs. This could be due to several reasons, including the development of excess skin or loose and wrinkly skin due to a previous pregnancy. It could also be due to areas of stubborn fat that are resistant to diet and exercise. These patients could be ideal candidates for a mini tummy tuck in many cases.
What is a mini tummy tuck?
The vast majority of patients often seek a flatter stomach with tighter-looking skin, and some people may be able to achieve this by eating healthily and regularly exercising alone. For most of us, however, these lifestyle measures are not enough. The critical point for anyone looking to achieve a flatter and tighter stomach is that if there is significant excess skin or skin that appears stretched, it doesn’t matter how much exercise you do. It is impossible to treat loose and wrinkly skin without a surgical skin tightening procedure.
We find that many patients are understandably reluctant to choose a full tummy tuck procedure as the surgery is associated with a more extended period of recovery and a lengthy scar. For some patients who only need a small amount of fat removal and localised skin removal in the lower part of the abdomen, a mini tummy tuck could be the ideal option. Patients must also have normal abdominal muscles as a mini tummy tuck cannot tighten weakened abdominal muscles. Only a full tummy tuck can repair damaged abdominal muscles after pregnancy.
It is also important to remember that a mini tummy tuck is not a complete replacement for a full tummy tuck. A full abdominoplasty involves the removal of significant amounts of excess skin and fat and abdominal muscle repair. A mini tummy tuck is a minor procedure with a much quicker recovery period and a shorter scar. The results achievable with a mini tummy tuck are not as dramatic compared with a full tummy tuck.
Mini tummy tuck surgery does not involve repositioning the belly button, unlike a full tummy tuck where the belly button is removed and repositioned. Some patients may be concerned about the appearance of the belly button after a full tummy tuck. We recommend viewing our tummy tuck before and after photos to get an idea of how your umbilicus can look after surgery. As you can see in all the examples, the new belly button looks natural looking without the tell-tale signs of surgery.
Mini tummy tuck surgery does not involve surgically removing the belly button. The mini tummy tuck scar is located in the lower abdomen, where excess skin is removed, followed by the formation of a neat-looking scar.
How much does a mini tummy tuck cost?
A mini tummy tuck is a more affordable treatment for contouring the abdomen than a full tummy tuck. However, the achievable results are not as dramatic compared with a full tummy tuck. At Centre for Surgery, the mini tummy tuck cost starts at approximately £5000, which is about £2500 less when compared with a full tummy tuck.
We are pleased to offer a full range of affordable cosmetic surgery financing options to help you spread the payments for your mini tummy tuck. We understand the decision to undergo surgery is significant, and although a mini tummy tuck costs less than a full abdominoplasty, it is still a substantial financial undertaking.
We would always recommend patients not base their decision on the best clinic for a mini tummy tuck on price alone. Centre for Surgery is renowned for carrying out all types of tummy tuck surgery with the best results, and the procedure should be viewed as a significant investment in yourself. The increase in self-confidence can genuinely transform your life, and it can be difficult to put a price on this.
Mini tummy tuck before and after Photos
We would recommend all patients carry out extensive online research when deciding on the right surgeon and clinic for the mini tummy tuck and not rush into anything prematurely. We believe it is essential to ask as many questions as possible at your consultation to be well informed about what the procedure involves. The vast majority of patients report excellent outcomes, which is directly linked to being knowledgeable about the procedure before the big surgery day.
Once you have decided to proceed with a mini tummy tuck, we recommend booking a face-to-face consultation with one of our expert plastic surgeons to discuss your needs and preferences. At your consultation, you can view a wide range of mini tummy tuck before and after photos. It is important to remember that every patient is different, and the result you achieve will be different to everyone else’s, but you should be able to build up a good idea of what can be achieved.
Every set of before and after photos involves a genuinely remarkable story where patients have developed a newfound self-confidence, and we are immensely grateful to our patients for sharing the pictures and experiences.
Once you have your consultation, we welcome a follow-up consultation if you want to ask further questions. We would actively recommend this to help you become fully informed about all aspects of the mini tummy tuck procedure. This will also help you form realistic expectations about what can be achieved following the procedure. You will also be given expert advice as to whether a mini tummy tuck is suitable or whether you may need a full tummy tuck.